Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly released two memos on Tuesday detailing vast changes in the governing of immigration under the Trump administration.
The memos “implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump,” Fox News reported.
Included in the directives are instructions for agency heads to hire thousands more officers, end the “catch-and-release” program implemented under President Barack Obama and start work on the promised southern border wall.
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The memos effectively expand the categories of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation, according to Fox News, but will spare so-called “dreamers” enrolled in Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
More on the “sprawling set of initiatives” included in the memo, from Fox News:
- Prioritizing criminal illegal immigrants and others for deportation, including those convicted or charged with “any criminal offense,” or who have “abused” any public welfare program
- Expanding the 287(g) program, which allows participating local officers to act as immigration agents – and had been rolled back under the Obama administration
- Starting the planning, design and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
- Hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers
- Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents
- Ending “catch-and-release” policies under which illegal immigrants subject to deportation potentially are allowed to “abscond” and fail to appear at removal hearings
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